Dissemination of research findings

As our research project is coming to a close, we have organised a one-day symposium to disseminate our findings. We hope that the event will bring together a diverse group of people working in the area of schools and digital technology. Date:              Thursday 24 November Time:       […]

New surveillance technologies

New surveillance technologies are gaining a foothold in both social and private contexts. Not only do these technologies have the capacity to probe “more deeply, widely and softly” than traditional modes of surveillance, they can also break down natural (distance, time, skin) and synthetic (walls) barriers that, in the past, offered protection to personal information […]

Digital affect

The emergence of internet technologies is a significant influence on student experiences of school. One notable shift is how affects circulate between student bodies in the online/offline spaces that constitute the contemporary school. Now the dominant internet-based platforms and applications in a school (most commonly ‘Learning Management Systems’, email, and educational apps) profoundly shape the […]

Dataveillance and the digital school

The past decade has seen rapid growth in “new” surveillance technologies in public schools. Students and teachers now find themselves under continuous watch, with (in)dividualized data and information captured and circulated inside *and* outside of school amongst a variety of (un)known actors. Although there is increasing academic debate devoted to surveillance technology as an educational phenomenon, […]

Surveillance in-school?

Surveillance processes and practices are embeded in many public schools. A common form of school surveillance is the use of CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras which are said to act as deterrents. CCTV cameras – both old and new – are visible in all three schools, signalling to those who enter these environments that they […]

Rhizomatic networks

Scholars have claimed that in a network society surveillance has become post-panoptic. Arguing that Foucault’s conceptualization of surveillance fails to engage directly with contemporary developments in surveillance practices, Haggerty and Ericson (2000) draw on the theoretical framework of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. They use the rhizome to explain two primary characteristics of the surveillant […]

Maker spaced

Over the past forty or so years, educational institutions have been keen to incorporate the latest digital technologies into teaching and learning in efforts to increase student engagement, innovation, and prepare future workers. Presently, Maker Spaces are hyped as holding potential for K-12 schooling with the capacity to enhance opportunities for students to engage with […]

Fighting familiarity in digital school ethnographies

The success of ethnographic fieldwork generally hinges on the development of close connections amongst fieldworkers, research subjects, and the phenomena under study. To stand any chance of acquiring what Malinowski called the ‘native’s point of view’, ethnographers must therefore live with, and live like, the individuals and groups being studied (in Van Maanen, 1988, pp. […]

Digitising student engagement: A logic of learning or a logic of control?

Commonly accepted as an essential prerequisite for academic success, student engagement continues to be a preoccupation of mainstream discourses at all levels of education (e.g., Gourlay, 2015; Coates, 2010; Prensky, 2010; Kuh, 2009). The dominant conception of engagement aligns around cognitive, behavioural, and affective dimensions. Cognitive engagement is the most difficult to pin down, but […]

Exploring school surveillance in the digital age

Surveillance has become an integral part of everyday life, giving rise to talk of ‘electronic police states’ and the ‘surveillance society’ (Lyon 1994, Marx 1985). Surveillance refers typically to any systematic focus on personal information that enables public and/or private agents to influence, manage or control populations from whom the information is collected (Bennett et […]